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Heat Cautions

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY FOR MUCH OF THE STATE OF KANSAS.  A HEAT ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN CONDITIONS CAN BE EXPECTED THAT CAUSE SIGNIFICANT DISCOMFORT AND COULD LEAD TO A THREAT TO LIFE OR PROPERTY IF CAUTION IS NOT TAKEN. THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION’S (NOAA) HEAT ALERTS ARE BASED MAINLY ON HEAT INDEX VALUES. THE HEAT INDEX, SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS THE APPARENT TEMPERATURE IS A MEASURE OF HOW HOT IT REALLY FEELS WHEN RELATIVE HUMIDITY IS FACTORED WITH ACTUAL AIR TEMPERATURE.  ELDERLY PEOPLE, INFANTS AND CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS ARE MORE PRONE TO HEAT RELATED STRESS AND INJURIES. KANSANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DRINK PLENTY OF COOL, NONALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES REGARDLESS OF ACTIVITY LEVEL TO HELP PREVENT HEAT INJURIES. FINALLY, AIR-CONDITIONING IS THE NUMBER ONE PROTECTIVE FACTOR AGAINST HEAT-RELATED INJURIES AND DEATH. DURING CONDITIONS OF EXTREME HEAT, SPEND TIME IN LOCATIONS WITH AIR-CONDITIONING SUCH AS SHOPPING MALLS, PUBLIC LIBRARIES, OR HEAT-RELIEF SHELTERS IN YOUR AREA. EVEN SHORT PERIODS OF HIGH TEMPERATURES CAN CAUSE SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS OR HEAT RELATED INJURIES. KANSANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO KNOW THE SYMPTOMS OF HEAT INJURIES AND TO MONITOR THEMSELVES, NEIGHBORS AND CO-WORKERS FOR SIGNS OF HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS OR INJURY.